Today in 1881: In the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, an alleged stage robber and murderer named Wyatt Earp leads his two brothers and reputed pimp Doc Holliday in a shoot-out in Tombstone, Arizona, against the Clantons and McClaurys.
When the dust settles, five lay dead or seriously injured. No one will remember exactly what prompted the fight, but the episode is part of a series of local wars across the West. Northerners, Republicans, industrialists and big ranchers were pitted against an alliance of small ranchers, farmers and outlaws –many of them Democrats from the South.
When Earp and his brothers moved to Tombstone, they allied with the towns conservative Republican forces. The Earps essentially became hitmen for the establishment, which wanted to clean up Tombstone to promote business.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow, Joe and Joyce Ellwanger will be honored for their 50-year commitment to community organizing, racial equality, social justice, and human rights, as they receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. The Ellwangers will be honored at a free public reception tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Milwaukee Friends Meeting House, 3224 North Gordon Place in Milwaukee, following WNPJ’s fall meeting. More info at wnpj.org.
Tonight is the Tenant Resource Center Annual Fall Fundraiser Party! Great food, live music, and a chance to support a vital community service that helps people facing eviction, unsafe living conditions, and possible homelessness. This is tonight from 5to 8pm Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington. More info at tenantresourcecenter.org.
Tonight is “Daoism and Anarchism” – a discussion with Professor John Rapp, Chair of the Political Science Department at Beloit College about his new book. This will be at 6pm at Rainbow Bookstore, 426 West Gilman. More info at257-6050 or visit rainbowbookstore.coop
Madison Wants to Know! Where Will the Homeless Go? Madison’s mayor has recently suggested “Greyhound Therapy” for Madison’s homeless population – namely, a one way bus ticket out of tow Meanwhile, the remaining homeless are still dealing with insufficient access to basic services and facing increasing police harassment. Come find out about REAL solutions to homelessness! Hosted by Occupy Madison, this is tomorrow at 2pm at Reynolds Park, 810 East Mifflin.